Reshaping the traditional approach to work and family life.
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Over the past decades, in line with an increase in women’s participation in the labor force,  global societies have seen a changed approach to the reconciliation of work and family responsibilities. Recent legislation introducing gender pay gap reporting, promotion of equal opportunity laws, as well as societal changes resulted in a slow but steady shift in the perception that family-related leave benefits are solely aimed at female employees. 

These new policies form a trend of newly-introduced legislation intended to bring greater equality in opportunities for men and women with respect to raising a family, with the goal of closing employment-related gaps between men and women—that is, in the differences in pay levels, employment and promotion opportunities, and retirement benefits. 

This paper discusses recent changes in global legislation that expand options or introduce new mandatory family-related leave benefit provisions. It showcases recent trends and newly introduced or increased minimum standards in paternity and parental leaves, in parallel to the introduction of flexible working arrangements for parents of young children. Together, these changes reflect the worldwide evolution of perceptions and expectations related to the compatibility of work and family. 

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